Jeff Carlton has shared gardens with us before from his usual home base in Tennessee. But today, he’s got a different point of view!
“Just returned from a week in the San Diego area where I was treated to an evening in the most amazing private garden. It was like walking around on a foreign planet being so very different from the gardening I am accustomed to. No way to identify all the plants in each photo as with every turn of my head I saw a multitude of plants I have n idea as to identity.”
So… if you are living in the North, cursing the endlessly delayed arrival of spring, indulge in a fantasy trip to a different world where it is always sunny and warm.
Backyard with tree aloes. If you think aloe just means that old houseplant with the juicy leaves that are soothing on a burn, think again. There are over 500 species of aloes! The majority come from South Africa where they boast an endless variety of different shapes, colors, and sizes. A succulent wonderland, with a massive agave in the foreground. A hillside agave planting. Native primarily to Western North America, there are about 200 species of agaves. A succulent container. Though these succulents are not hardy outside in most climates, you could recreate this look over the summer in a container nearly anywhere. Then, overwinter the succulents on a sunny windowsill. More succulent containers! The brightest colors in succulent foliage are brought out by giving them lots of bright sun.What do you do if you want a fountain in the garden, but live in a dry climate where water is at a premium? Make a fountain out of succulents, of course! A big Yucca rostrata (beaked yucca, Zones 6 – 10) standing over three agaves. A massive aloe showing off its spires of bright gold blooms.
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